Listen up, hunting enthusiasts! The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced a schedule of public meetings at which they will present several proposed changes to the current rules regarding the training of hunting dogs and raptors.
No, not the dinosaurs. The birds.
According to a press release from the ODFW, the purpose of the rule revisions are to “relax and clarify the current rules” so commercial dog trainers don’t violate policies simply because they don’t understand them. ODFW assistant game bird biologist Brandon Reishus explains:
“ODFW wants to revise the rules so they provide an opportunity to conduct dog training and competitive trials for hunting dogs while remaining consistent with statutes, policies and mandates,” Reishus said in the press release.
One example of confusion in the current rules is the lack of definition of game birds and wildlife. Currently, the term “wildlife” includes all game birds, and the dog and raptor rules require a permit to hunt “wildlife”. If a dog trainer raises game birds and hunts them on private property, he or she would require a permit. It’s subtleties like this that often get commercial dog and raptor hunters in trouble.
The public is encouraged to attend these meetings and give input. The final draft rules will be presented to the Fish and Wildlife Commission on Feb. 4 in Salem.
All meetings begin at 6:30 PM and take place at the following locations:
Nov. 22 – Springfield
Oregon Dept of Forestry
3150 E. Main St
Nov. 23 – Clackamas
12566 SE 93rd Avenue
Nov. 29 – La Grande
Blue Mountain Conference Center
102 Elm St
Nov. 30 – Bend,
Bend Public Library
601 NW Wall Street
Dec. 1 – Klamath Falls
OSU Extension Service Meeting Room
3328 Vandenberg Road
Dec. 2 – Central Point
Rogue Watershed District Office
1495 E. Gregory Road
Dec. 6 – Boardman
2 Marine Drive